When your air conditioner begins to break down in the peak of the summer heat along Fort Walton Beach, it is not only uncomfortable for you and your family but could also pose a major health concern. There are many common reasons why your AC may have stopped working including:
- Power issues
- Thermostat issues
- Clogged filter
- Ice buildup
- Clogged drain
- Dirty compressor
- Condensate airflow switch
- Low refrigerant levels
If your AC randomly stops blowing air, it could be as simple as plugging it back in or flipping a switch on the breaker box. There could be issues regarding the condition of the power cord, so ensuring it is not frayed or broken is important. AC units require large surges of power, so a tripped breaker box is not uncommon. If you try to flip a switch on a breaker box and nothing is resolving the problem, it could signify more serious electrical issues. Call one of our technicians to ensure a safe, effective repair appointment.
If the electrical side of your air conditioning unit is running properly then your thermostat could be set on the wrong setting. Try turning your AC down to a lower temperature in an attempt to kickstart the unit to blow cold air. Ensure that all wiring and batteries are in good condition if turning down the temperature doesn’t do the trick.
Dirty Filter & Ice Buildup
Some models of air conditioners automatically stop blowing cold air if the filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. This serves as a good reminder to change the filter and keeps unfiltered, dirty air from entering your home. If a dirty filter goes without getting cleaned or replaced, it could damage the motor or the whole AC unit overheating. Along with dirt and debris buildup, there could also be ice buildup that would need to be melted off to properly run again.
Clogged Drain & Dirty Compressor
One of the most important parts of an air conditioner is to keep the water from backing up into your home and causing damage. An algae-clogged AC drain can cause the entire unit to shut down if the drainpipe or hose is stuffed with debris. The pipes can be cleaned manually or be replaced altogether depending on the damage. Since an AC compressor is located outside, dirt, leaves and other debris can build up and keep the unit from running properly. A professional should be trusted with the cleaning process once a year to safely remove the debris.
Low Refrigerant Levels
A lot of times, a lack of cold air in your home can be a refrigerant leak. Even the smallest leak can cause refrigerant levels to drop over time and could mean maintenance on the entire system. Since there are chemicals involved, you should leave any leak repairs to McCullough Air Conditioning & Heating to get the job done right.
There are many common reasons why an air conditioner is no longer blowing cold air and some ways every homeowner can check to get to the root of the problem, but leaving the job to the professionals is always the quickest and safest route. Check out all the services that McCullough Air Conditioning & Heating has to offer, and schedule an appointment today to get your AC working again and your fun in the Fort Walton Beach sun started!